Christmas Flowers and a Mob Sting!
You might be wondering how the heck the mob could possibly be involved in extorting Christmas Poinsettias, and quite frankly we were pretty shocked too! Check out this rather hilarious article in which a group of mobsters was extorting florists over the price of Poinsettias!
"Italian police have arrested four suspected mafia members who were forcing shopkeepers to buy Christmas flowers for up to 100 euros ($153) each to raise money for jailed mobsters.
The red poinsettia plants - a traditional Christmas gift in Italy - usually sell for three or four euros and business owners who did not buy them at the vastly inflated prices faced retribution, the police said."
You can find the link to the full article here.